Andre Murillo grabs all-conference honor at Biola University

Murillo, a forward from El Toro High School, earns first collegiate all-conference award.

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LA MIRADA, CA (03/04/2014)(readMedia)-- LA MIRADA, Calif. --- All season long the biggest stories on both sides of the ball for Biola basketball have come from Adijat Adams and Andre Murillo. The two versatile seniors were rewarded for their skill and strength with All-GSAC nods.

Murillo was Biola's lone All-GSAC honoree on the men's side. The big man out of Lake Forest, Calif. earned his first all-conference honor after a stellar season of scoring and rebounding everything.

He was a huge piece of Biola's approach offensively and defensively, but also served as a great representative off the court. This season he became Biola men's basketball's first-ever CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American.

"Andre has had a very good two-year career for us," said Head Coach Dr. Dave Holmquist. "He has been a strong scorer and rebounder, but he has also been a great representative of the program."

Murillo averaged 15.9 points per game in the 2013-14 regular season, and he also nabbed 9.4 boards per contest over the course of 28 games.

He served as one of the senior vocal and emotional leaders for the team, especially encouraging his teammates when he had to miss a few games near the end of the conference season due to injury.

He returned to the roster just in time to help the Eagles secure the No. 4 seed and home court advantage heading into this week's Golden State Athletic Conference tournament.

"I think that what is most important in his life is his relationship with the Lord," said Holmquist. "He has been very enjoyable to work with and I think very highly of him. He has a great future ahead of him."

Murillo led the GSAC this season in rebounding, and it was not even close. The second-place man averaged a full 1.5 boards per game fewer than he did.

He was also near the top of the list in scoring, field goal percentage, free throw percentage and, perhaps surprisingly, assists.

Murillo and his squad host the No. 5 seed, Westmont, inside Chase Gym on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.